By Ephemera documentary
Salar de Uyuni at sunset (2018) by Angelo ChiacchioEphemera documentary
In 2018, European designer and photographer Angelo Chiacchio set out on a solo journey around the world to experience the most unique and fragile places, and ways of life, on our planet.
While documenting the diversity and fragility of the world's natural and cultural heritage, Angelo learned some universal life lessons that could guide everyone’s existence.
A pig in Episcopia by Angelo ChiacchioEphemera documentary
1. Don't consume more than you can produce
Families from Basilicata produce and cure their own pork, providing enough meat to sustain themselves for an entire year.
Ainu tree bark (2018) by Angelo ChiacchioEphemera documentary
2. Take from nature that which can be renewed
The Ainu people carefully choose a tree from which to remove a single strip of bark. They then mark the tree with a ribbon to indicate that it needs time to recover.
A Tsaatan in the taiga (2018) by Angelo ChiacchioEphemera documentary
3. Love is sacrifice
The Tsaatan people dedicate their lives to tending their herd of reindeer. They endure a cold and harsh climate to ensure their beloved animals are safe and healthy.
Landscape of Roraima (2018) by Angelo ChiacchioEphemera documentary
4. Leave only the slightest trace of your passage
The Native Taurepans have profound respect for Mount Roraima. As a visitor to its rocky mountain top, you are expected to lower your voice and step only where previous visitors have walked.
A wharenui of Motiti (2018) by Angelo ChiacchioEphemera documentary
5. Always remember where you come from
Every Maori introduction starts with reciting one’s genealogy or “whakapapa.” The Maori whakapapa embodies their deep and respectful connection to their homeland and ancestors.
Terra by Angelo ChiacchioEphemera documentary
This story was created with the support of Art Works for Change, a nonprofit organization that creates contemporary art exhibitions and storytelling projects to address critical social and environmental issues.
Written, shot and produced by Angelo Chiacchio
Copy editing: Al Grumet, Rajesh Fotedar
With the support of: Google Arts & Culture, Art Works for Change